There's super yachts coming in, festivals, polo, gin tasting, foraging, and more. This summer is shaping up to be a cracker here in Tasmania. Take a look at what's on – we've curated a lively list of the season's happenings.
1. GIVE THE YACHTSMEN A HEARTY HOBART WELCOME
Join the waterside cheer as Rolex Sydney Hobart yachts cross the line for the 72nd year. The 628 nautical mile yacht race across Bass Strait is one of the great blue water classics – departing Sydney Harbour on December 26. Head down to the waterfront and hang out with the yachties at the race village as they bring in the New Year #TassieStyle.
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2. TASTE YOUR WAY THROUGH TASSIE
Flavours, produce, culture, tunes and even outdoor board games hit Hobart’s waterfront at the Taste of Tasmania from December 28 to January 3. The annual taste-fest sees Princes Wharf Shed No. 1 brimming with island fare and there is plenty of family fun at Kids in the Park. Make your way to the Lawns for laid back Mexican inspired vibes.
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3. BRING IN THE NEW YEAR AT FALLS
Get your arms in the air and welcome the New Year beneath stars at The Falls Music and Arts Festival from December 29 – 31. Few festival stages can boast the Tasman Sea as their backdrop. Now a major festival on the Australian calendar, the event attracts international visitors and a healthy mix of local and interstate regulars. So pack your tent and get ready for top bands, DJs, workshops and countryside fun
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4. T20 International Trans-Tasman Tri-Series AUSTRALIA V ENGLAND
Blundstone Arena will host the second of the T20 International matches between Australia and England on February 7, 2018 in what is expected to be a sell-out fixture. Fans can expect a riveting contest between the trans-Tasman rivals, with both sides boasting some of the most exciting and explosive T20 players in the world and the shortest format of the game always delivering big hits, big wickets, and big finishes. As well as the action on field, fans can enjoy the incredible at-match experience featuring music, fireworks, and a friendly crowd atmosphere.
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5. ALL MOFOS WELCOME
It’s Mona Foma time once more – Mona’s curious and exciting annual summer music festival, curated by Brian Ritchie. This year Mofo is hitting both Hobart and Launceston, with an unprecedented 11 days of cacophonic music and unexpected art installations. Catch the action in Launceston from 12-14 January and then head to Hobart from 15 -22 January 2018.
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6. HOBART INTERNATIONAL
Having hosted some of the biggest names in tennis like Serena Williams, Dinara Safina and Australian number one Sam Stosur, the Hobart International is Tasmania’s premier international women’s sporting event and a lead in tournament for players to fine-tune their preparations ahead of the Australian Open. 2018 promises to be the best yet with wildcard Eugenie Bouchard set to return to Hobart. Aside from the on court action, check out the premium food trucks with fantastic local fare, a new beer garden and the annual Kids Tennis Day where up to four kids will enjoy free entry with every adult ticket.
7. GET YOUR FOLK ON
Descend on the petite Huon Valley town of Cygnet, for a weekend of string plucking, dance, poetry and local produce. The Cygnet Folk Festival (12-14 January) is Tasmania’s biggest celebration of folk and world music by local, interstate and international artists. Head less than an hour from Hobart for this toe-tapping good time now in its 36th year.
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8. WORLD CLASS POLO AT BARNBOUGLE
It’s a setting that has courted golf enthusiasts the world over. The acclaimed links course, Barnbougle Dunes, plays host to the Barnbougle Polo annual high goal match on January 20. World class players head for North East Tasmania for an event that arguably is as much about fashion and sophistication as it is about horses and polo. Summer packages are also available at Barnbougle for those wanting to learn how to play polo – including four and 10 day options during December and January.
9. GIN LOVERS REJOICE
Where else can you find seventeen Tassie gin distilleries in one venue? Head to the Goods Shed on 27 January 2018 for the first Gin-uary, and savour a sample from local favourites Southern Wild, Sud Polaire and Forty Spotted to name just a few. Chat to the distillers while enjoying the botanicals in the gin inspired garden. Throw in an offering from local legends, taco taco and a mini Lady Hester doughnut and you have the recipe for one fabulous Hobart afternoon. Join the gin rebellion.
10. FESTIVAL ON THE LAWNS
Like your food and wine served al fresco? Head to Launceston’s City Park 2-4 February for Festivale. It’s one of Tasmania’s most popular summer events, with some 70 stalls offering everything from sparkling wines and ciders from northern Tasmania to Pacific oyster taste plates and more. Around 35,000 people attend this outdoor event, offering a wholesome share of live music, dance and family entertainment across the historic parkland.
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